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Post by Frog on 1st June 2010, 5:10 pm

Anyone tried this title, I just got it today so haven't given it much time yet but it's a pretty impressive free roam. Much like a next gen GTA San Andreas. Right up my street LP

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Post by Bones on 2nd June 2010, 8:42 am

Heard it's supposed to be pretty good, but with my PS being on the blink I haven't bothered with any new titles Sad

Be sure to keep us updated!

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Frog on 2nd June 2010, 10:18 am

PS on the blink??? Shocked I'm so sorry for your loss Sad

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Post by Bones on 2nd June 2010, 10:22 am

Yeah, and the cheeky bastards want £131 for a recondition 40GB model! Shocked Mad

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Frog on 2nd June 2010, 10:30 am

YOU WHAT??? The call of the 360 can never have been so close to you :cunning:

Had my first evening on JC2 last night and I really enjoyed it. So many similarities to the GTA title I loved so much. You have this handy little grappling hook and parachute affair which makes getting round so much easier than just foot or car.

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Bones on 2nd June 2010, 10:35 am

Hmmmm thinking Well, I've been thinking about getting the new Slim 250GB model. Only problem is now I can't trade in my old one to get some money off (£130 Rolling Eyes ). But I'll be grabbing this title at the first opportunity....... After reading the sterling review which you may compile.....

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Frog on 2nd June 2010, 10:36 am

Ok, I get the hint. I'll put some thought into what makes this game playable and jot it all down for ya LP

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Bones on 2nd June 2010, 10:37 am

Excellent! :cunning:

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Frog on 2nd June 2010, 12:44 pm

ok I started writing one but realised that there is so much to cover I'll not do it justice. So I have looked and found a review that sums up my thoughts on this title..

The tagline for Just Cause 2 should be “Go Forth and Blow Stuff Up” or something along those lines because that’s exactly what you get to do. This is as open-ended a game that has ever been released, giving gamers the chance to completely immerse themselves in this extravagant and violent world. It’s big…very big, but fortunately you have access to about any mode of transportation you want to use and you’ll use them all…cars, tanks, helicopters, airplanes, motorcycles, speedboats, even a Boeing 737…some 100 vehicles in all.

You play as Rico Rogriguez, a covert operative sent to the fictional island nation of Panau to track down a rogue agent and oust dictator Baby Panay, but that’s only the barebones of the story. Your other goal is to do you best to cause chaos however you can and destabilize the government. I had a friend who was in the Army and a member of an artillery division. When asked what he did in the army his response was “bomb stuff and blow $hit up!”, and that’s exactly what you’ll be doing as Rico in a game filled with death-defying destructive stunts that will find you diving out of a helicopter just before you crash it into a government installation. The very definition of causing chaos! And why is chaos important? Well the more chaos you cause the more points you earn and the more missions, power-ups, new weapons, vehicles, and more are unlocked for use.

The game begins with you skydiving out of a chopper and parachuting into a government base. You have to retrieve several lost memory cards while killing and trying to destroy everything in your path: radio towers, SAM sites, fuel depots, radar stations, just about anything that looks to be of any value. Rico can carry a variety of weapons but his best friend is his grappling hook which turns him into Spider-Man in fatigues. With the grappling hook you can scale buildings, grab and pull enemies over the sides of cliffs, or hook onto flying helicopters to hitch a quick ride out of trouble.


After several short introductory and linear missions, the real fun begins. You’re dropped into Panau and can now choose your own path from an island that has become your personal playground. Once on the ground in Panau you are free to explore. As you do, take a moment to absorb the surroundings. Panau is a beautifully rendered environment and as lifelike a world as you have ever encountered; from lush jungles to snow-capped mountains to crystal clear blue water on white sandy beaches, it’s all alive with gorgeous textures and colors. Several local criminal gangs are struggling for control of the island. You can choose to infiltrate any or all which opens up a huge array of sub-missions. These can involve fairly mundane tasks like hacking a laptop or downloading info out of a PDA to teaming up with a group of computer-controlled characters to storm an enemy stronghold or kidnapping informants. The variety of missions is diverse and near endless.

Just Cause 2’s main plotline is totally preposterous…kind of like a 1960’s James Bond film or worse yet, a Matt Helm spy film. But it fits the games over-the-top action, stunts, and sense of humor perfectly. You ride on the tops of speeding cars, blazing your guns at the enemies; crash a truck through a rival gang’s hideout…or grab an enemy with the grappling hook and attach it to a moving vehicle for a good laugh. There’s so much to do and see it can be a bit overwhelming. You may even want to restart after playing a bit just to get a better grasp of the scope of the island.


Control wise, the grappling hook is flawless…just when you think you’re falling to your death shoot that baby off and find something to hook on to. If worse comes to worse, you’re equipped with an endless supply of parachutes to ease yourself back to the ground. Weapon use isn’t quite as tight, especially when surrounded by a lot of enemies. The targeting system can sometimes leave you open for attacks as you fire on enemies you’ve already dispatched. There are other minor control issues and some navigation issues at times, especially when trying to parachute into a particular target but those are slight and can be learned with practice. The voice acting is also a weak aspect but you’re not going to spend a lot of time talking anyway.


Just Cause 2 is big, loud, bombastic fun. You’ll have such a good time creating ungodly chaos that you’ll barely notice its few shortcomings.

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Frog on 2nd June 2010, 12:46 pm

For me tha biggest flaws are the shooting system, which is a little clunky to get used to and the sheer scale of the map. You often find yourself miles away from anywhere at the end of your mission, then spend half an hour trekking back to accidentally pick a fight before you get there, die and respawn back where you started. Once you unlock extraction from the black market dealer this all stops.

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Bones on 2nd June 2010, 12:55 pm

Shocked Shocked Drool Drool

Dude! Did you make this game?? Suspect Or have a hand in it's development?? Suspect It sounds like a gamers wet dream!!!!! I gotta have it now! Hmmmm..... I know where I can get my hands on a PS Twisted Evil :cunning:

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Frog on 2nd June 2010, 1:01 pm

It's pretty cool dude, yopu find yourself re-playing things just so you can make them look cooler. For instance why jump off a cliff and parachute to safety when you can steal a jeep, ride it off a cliff, jump onto the bonnet and dispatch your pursuers then grappling hook to an attack helicopter before hijacking it and raining death on the enemy that once hunted you Twisted Evil

Also the transport thing is fine, why use the black market dealer to get somewhere when you could just pick a fight at a local military base and try to escape with a chopper or a fighter jet. Endless amusement to be had computer

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Post by Frog on 2nd June 2010, 1:03 pm

Having said that, I have an hour before work I think I'll go cause some mayhem

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Bones on 2nd June 2010, 1:05 pm

Sorted!!! Picking this baby up for £29.99 Yahoo

Now I just need to grab the PS on my way home & all will be good with the world once more. The universe will again be at peace LP

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Frog on 2nd June 2010, 1:09 pm

Congratulations dude, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it tomorrow LP

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Bones on 2nd June 2010, 1:20 pm

I feel another 4am bed time coming...... Laughing

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Frog on 2nd June 2010, 1:37 pm

In which case I'll check in tonight when I finish work to see how you're getting on LP

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Bones on 2nd June 2010, 1:51 pm

Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Lying B*stards!!!!! Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad

£29.99 until you go to reserve it for collection! Then it becomes £36.99!!!! Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Frog on 2nd June 2010, 1:52 pm

Sorry bud but that did make I laugh! Just go to xbox, you know it makes sense, then I can hassle you while your gaming and while you're working Laughing

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Bones on 2nd June 2010, 2:23 pm

As much as they get on my nerves I just can't turn my back on Sony

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Post by Frog on 2nd June 2010, 2:25 pm

You're like a battered wife!!

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Bones on 2nd June 2010, 2:27 pm

Yeah Sad I love Sony, that's all that matters. I'm sure my baby will change in time.... Sad

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Post by Frog on 2nd June 2010, 2:28 pm

you just hang in there kiddo, I'm sure he still loves you really pale

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Post by Bones on 2nd June 2010, 2:37 pm

I know he does...... I just wish he'd say it sometimes Sad

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Re: Just Cause 2

Post by Frog on 2nd June 2010, 2:38 pm

He does say it, every time he kicks you in the teeth that's what he means Peck

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